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Auction: 22066 - Historical Documents, Postal History & Autographs - Featuring the Robin Hunt Collection
Lot: 2019

Great Britain
The Papers of Maj.Gen. R.H. Butler
1915-1918 Collection of 73 Regimental and unit Christmas cards sent to Maj. Gen. Butler, many with caricature, pen and ink or coloured printed designs, together with a lengthy 7 page letter (|undated|) by him from "General Headquarters, British Armies in France" in the original King's Messenger "K.M. PRIVILEGED" cachet envelope, writing "The Canadians have been doing good work owing to their Divisions being plentifully supplied with drafts they are able to keep on fighting...Went to Paris with L.G. - Robertson and Jellicoe for the conference there."
With Butler's visitors book 1919-1923, signed by D. Haig, F.M. 15 March 1919, Athlone, and Marshal Foch, and many others. A note on the calling card of General Pershing from France 1918 "With peace on earth I send Christmas greetings to you", an unsigned printed card from Arthur Conan Doyle (Dec 1918), printed orders from Haig December 1918, a Union flag and bunting, with a Boer War silk ribbon commemorating the Relief of Ladysmith / Dorset Regt, completes the collection, all housed in a black government despatch box (some wear) with the cypher of King George V in gilt. Included is a coloured print of Haig, worn around the edges, and signed by him with the original envelope addressed to Lady Butler forwarding it from a Field Post Office (80)

"Lieut. Gen. R.H. K. Butler KCB, KCMG (1870-1935)
Chief of Staff to First Army, 1915, Deputy Chief of Staff to the BEF 1915-1918, Commanded III Corps in the front line, 1918

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